Naruto: Shippuuden

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Even though the last canon episode of Naruto ended with chapter 244, the animators decided to start Shippuuden with a "preview" of what's to come by animating chapters 306-307 at the beginning of Shippuuden, and then go back to 245. Why? Because in Japan, it's expected that most, if not all, of the viewers read the manga, and so were itching to see Sasuke animated again, instead of waiting.
The cat Konohamaru's team chases as their first mission, in episode one of the show, is one of the early missions that Team 7 had to deal with. Furthermore, it was the exact same cat (the pet of the wife of the daimyo of the Land of Fire). The scene following the mission's success also mimics that of Team 7's success.
From episodes 24 to 27, they replaced the opening and ending with scenes from the new movie, like they did with the third movie. However, unlike the previous time they did this, they changed scenes with every episode.
In episode 67, halfway through, after one of the villains is killed by Yamato's wood, the scene returns to the village and a billboard with the newest Naruto movie: Bonds, is shown on the right hand side.
Shippuden is canon, until episode 54, where they lengthened the gap between manga and anime, by adding a filler arc.
The first filler arc of Shippuden lasted from episode 54 to episode 72, when the canon Hidan and Kakuzu arc started.

Classification: Animation
Genre: Anime | Action | Adventure | Comedy | Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
Status: Returning Series
Network: TV Tokyo ( Japan)
Language: Japanese
Airs: Thursdays at 07:30 pm
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: February 15, 2007
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